My Interview with Dr. Kenneth Chambers Bre’ Chambers • • • • • He is my granduncle Obstetrician and Gynecologist Graduate from Meharry Medical College in 1959 Practiced medicine for 40 years One of the very few African American doctors in Charlotte, NC in the 1960s and 1970s Dr. Kenneth Chambers • “I attended medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. I graduated in 1959 and finished my residency in obstetrics and gynecology in Harlem, NY in 1966.” Where did you attend Medical School? • “Study, study, study! Do your homework and always ask for help. If you don’t understand anything get help! There is nothing worse than being a confused medical student. Medical school can be stressful, but anything is possible. It is all worth it at the end.” Any tips about medical school? “It was a blessing. Not everyone was able to practice medicine. Discrimination was absolutely prevalent. It’s sad how the color of your skin can stop you from being a doctor or in any case anything.” What was it like to be African American doctor in Charlotte, NC during the 1960s and 1970s? • “Well it just makes you more determined to become an OBGYN. There is always going to be struggles so you just overcome them and do what you have to do.” How did it feel to be discriminated against? • “Well, everyday can be a different experience. Some days would be stressful, some would be good, and then some would just be ok. It is not really a way to describe the day. As an OBGYN, you have to be flexible and be ready for anything.” What was your typical day like? • “Family is important! As a doctor, you have to learn how to prioritize your time. You can not revolve your life just around medicine. Even though you can get a call about a delivery late at night, you have to understand that is your job and not your life. To be a doctor, you must have a love for medicine.” What was it like to balance personal life and being a doctor? • “Don’t let anyone stop your dream. If you want something in life, you have to strive for it. Nothing comes easy. It might seem cliché, but every day there is someone trying to strive for your same goal and working just as hard as you or even harder to get there.” Any take away tips?